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Silicon Mechanics Newsletter - February 2011

Storform iSCSI Storage Line Updated

We have updated our line of iSCSI storage appliances! These new storage solutions offer an integrated SAS / SATA hardware RAID controller, more RAM, 6Gb/s SAS backplanes, and more efficient, redundant power supplies.

AMD Opteron-Based Storage Servers

Four new AMD-based Storform Storage servers and two updated Rackform nServ servers have joined the Silicon Mechanics lineup. All of these servers feature 2 AMD Opteron 6100 Series Processors. These servers offer high-capacity, low-cost storage without compromising on power, flexibility, or reliability: All of our storage servers are easily expandable with the addition of our Storform JBODs
Our Rackform nServ A346 2U and our A362 3U have also been updated to include the latest Opteron processors. You can now take advantage of new power management features, DDR3 Memory, and 12MB of L3 cache per socket in general compute servers with either 8 or 16 drives.

4 New JBODs Launched

We have updated and expanded our line of Storform JBOD products. All of these JBODs feature a 6Gb/s SAS expander backplane and 2 external SAS 2.0 ports, and are an easy and economical way to expand your Storform Storage server's capacity. For additional information on all of the Silicon Mechanics storage products, visit our Storform category, email your Silicon Mechanics Sales Representative at, or call us at 866-352-1173.

AMD and Intel Announce Updated CPUs

Both AMD and Intel have announced the availability of additional processors, and you can get them right here at Silicon Mechanics. All of the CPUs released in these families continue to be available, but you may want to check for possible improvements in price/performance before making your next CPU decision.

The Intel Xeon Processor 5600 Series has added ten new selections for use in dual-socket servers: 5 in the advanced segment; 2 in the standard segment; and 3 in the basic segment.

In the AMD Opteron 6100 Series, there are five new CPUs for use in single-, dual-, or quad socket servers. There is 1 new CPU in the performance optimized high-powered "SE" segment; 2 in the standard segment, and 3 in the low-power "HE" segment.

The Silicon Mechanics Guides to the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 and the AMD Opteron 6100 Series have been updated to reflect these changes, and are available for download.

Seagate Constellation.2 Drives Now Available: 1TB in a 2.5" Drive

The second generation of 2.5" Enterprise-class hard drives from Seagate is here! They come in 6Gb/s SAS and SATA. The SATA 3.0 version is available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB, and the SAS 2.0 in 500GB and 1TB capacities. Compared to the previous generation of Constellation drives, these offer higher maximum sustained transfer rates and an MTBF of 1.4 million hours backed by a 5-year warranty.

You'll find the Constellation.2 drives as an option in servers and storage with 2.5" drive bays, including the following: Any of our servers can be customized to use these drives with the addition of the available drive carrier adapter.

Surveys from Technical Support

We would like your help improving the quality and consistency of our support services. When a support ticket is closed, you can expect a brief survey in your e-mail the following month — 3 questions that require about 90 seconds to complete. Please respond to the survey! Your feedback is important.

Silicon Mechanics is headed for SCaLE!

The Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport on February 25 - 27. We'll be showcasing some of our exciting CPU / GPU hybrid technologies, as well as the latest in storage and high-density general computing hardware. We'll be in Booth 18—hope to see you there!

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